Buy Today: Chevron Corp's Buy Recommendation Reiterated

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CVX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CVX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.20, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $10,316.00 million or 33.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CHEVRON CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -44.35%.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 5.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $5,253.00 million to $4,950.00 million.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $224.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.00, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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